Feb 3 2012 By Yann Tear
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JOHN Terry is set to miss Sunday's showdown with the champions at Stamford Bridge because of a nagging knee injury – and Chelsea also face a dilemma over left-back for the game.
The Blues skipper, who has again attracted all the headlines this week after being stripped of the England captaincy, has been in pain since crashing into a post in the FA Cup tie against Portsmouth.
He soldiered on against QPR last week, but missed the game at Swansea and is also expected to sit out next weekend's trip to Everton, with the Birmingham cup tie a likely return date.
“In January, our efficiency defensively improved a lot and in that sense, John, as one of the most used players through this period, has been magnificent – so it's a blow," said Andre Villas-Boas.
“He's the captain, a leader on the pitch and off the pitch and he's a great player, so we'll miss him of course.”
Chelsea will also be without the suspended Ashley Cole (pictured) – who was sent off at the Liberty Stadium – leaving Andre Villas-Boas with a choice between the naturally right side Jose Bosingwa, or the far less experienced Ryan Bertrand.
“There's a difficult decision to be made tomorrow when we practice strategically for the game,” said Chelsea's boss.
“We have full trust in Ryan's abilities. It's a game of massive importance. It will for sure be between Jose and Ryan. We have important players out, but we have a very big squad which enables us to approach the game in a positive way.”
The important players in question are Ramires – not expected back until the Birmingham cup tie after hurting his knee at QPR - and John Obi Mikel, who will resume training onn Monday or Tuesday. But Frank Lampard is in the frame again, having recovered from a calf injury.